Born: March 20, 1856
Died: March 21, 1915
Birth Place: German-town,PA
Education: Harvard University
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Frederick Taylor
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Frederick Taylor was born in Germantown PA, March 20th, 1856. After getting through high school, he was accepted into Harvard Law school; but due to his eye-sight going bad he had to consider a different career. After the Great Depression of 1873, he took up an apprentice job in industrial pattern-making. Later in his life he became a machine shop laborer. After 5 years of working at Midvale Steel Works, he was promoted to chief engineer. In 1883 he got a degree in Mechanical Engineering after taking night study classes at Stevens Institute of Technology. After working in the mechanical industry, he sought to improve the efficiency of the industry. Today Taylor is know as the father of scientific management. Taylor believed that the best results of industrial management was a partnership between a trained and qualified manager and a cooperative workforce. Taylor had a very specific way to introduce this new idea he had, "It is only through enforced standardization of methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation that this faster work can be assured. And the duty of enforcing the adoption of standards and enforcing this cooperation rests with management alone." His profession was working in the steel and metal working industries as a worker eventually making his way up to the foreman. The influences he had on the metal working industry was scientific management. Scientific Management is a system to increase the productivity of the workers without having to be constantly yelled at by their bosses. The first application of the new method was studying the steps that it takes to make a certain product and then finding out the most efficient way of making that product using the least steps possible. By doing this the mangers could study the minimum amount of time it should take to make something and then evaluate the workers and see if they meet this stander. If a worker didn't meet this standard than they were essentially wasting time and were fired. Taylor believed that this new system would give the managers more power and control over their workers by removing the guess work from their performances. So in Taylor's system the job of the manager of a company was to find the fastest and most efficient way of making something and then providing the appropriate materials time and tools for the workers to carry out the appropriate steps. Frederick Taylor's invention of scientific management introduced a new more productive era in the metal working industries. A person I would compare Frederick Taylor to would be the workers of GE. I would compare the two of them because Frederick worked to make metal working more efficient and the workers and scientist of GE are working to make how we gather, distribute, and use out natural resources more efficient so we don't run out of them. So in a way they are and were both working to make our lives more productive and more efficient. Sources-http://www.answers.com/topic/frederick-winslow-taylor;